Why I want to be friends with Imbolo Mbue (and a review of her novel Behold the Dreamers)

I have no time for Booktubers who apologize for not knowing how to pronounce an author’s name – look that shit up! And so I did for Imbolo Mbue (Em-boo-wey), author of Behold the Dreamers,  and discovered that, in addition to having four letter names that are difficult to pronounce, we both worked in market research, and we both love Jonathan Franzen.

Today, I still work in market research, while Mbue is a famous novelist; and the closest I got to Franzen was being in the same room, while she shares an agent with him. But I’m not the jealous type. I totally think we could be friends.

I made friends with her novel and reviewed it here:

What author do you think you could be friends with?

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6 comments

  1. Naomi

    I find it pretty amazing that she published her novel without having published anything else first. Even authors I feel have come out of the woodwork always seem to have a list of smaller publications.
    Great review! And I love your haircut. 🙂
    Who could I be friends with? Because I’ve never really thought about that before, I’m going to go with a recent read and say Gary Barwin. From I what I’ve learned of him he seems crazy creative – and funny too!

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